Religion and the Self as Text: Toward a Christian Translation of Self-Actualization

Volume
Volume 23
Issue
Fall 1995
Title
Religion and the Self as Text: Toward a Christian Translation of Self-Actualization
Abstract

Difficulties in specifying the relationship between religious belief and self-actualization were presumed to reflect language differences in humanistic and religious articulations of selfhood. Christian versions of humanistic statements of self-actualization were administered to Christians, and a large number of successful translations were identified according to an empirical criterion. These items were combined into Christian self-actualization scales, and these scales displayed reliable and sometimes moderately strong correlations with religious orientation and healthy self-functioning. These data revealed how a Christian form of self-actualization might be articulated. More generally, they illustrated how empirical examinations of translation schemes might serve as a useful methodology for pursuing the goals of integration and for studying relationships between psychology and religion.

Authors
Dr. P.J. Watson, J.T. Milliron, R.J. Morris and Dr. R.W., Jr. Hood
Pages
180 - 189
Price
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